Stunning Sydney Sights
by Katie McCabe | @awelltraveledpair | March 4th, 2018
Sydney is one of those cities that will knock your socks off. You may not expect it to, but it will. Some claim it is the most beautiful place in all of Australia. Sure, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I can promise you this vibrant metropolis will not disappoint. A visit here is essential, and when you arrive, don't miss these spectacular sights.
Sydney Opera House
Renowned as the most famous sight in all of Sydney, and perhaps Australia, the Sydney Opera House is absolutely breathtaking. Located in the popular Sydney Harbour, its unique architecture and striking design attracts more than twelve million visitors every year. Grab a meal at its bustling cafe or better yet, enjoy a show at this magnificent performing arts center.
Glorious surf, sun, and sand is what you will get at the iconic Bondi Beach. Pronounced "bond-eye", this gorgeous stretch of sand should be at the top of everyone's must-see lists. Packed with tourists and locals alike, the beach has waves for surfing, a pool for swimming (hello, Icebergs), grassy knolls for lounging, and numerous shops and restaurants to satisfy your every need. For those looking to explore, I highly recommend the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. With over three miles of a seaside pathway, visitors will view unique sea cliffs, rock pools, private beaches, and relaxing picnic grounds. Bondi is only thirty minutes from Sydney Harbour, and I recommend taking public transportation. There aren't many places at the beach to park, and the places that are available are extremely expensive. Taking the bus is so easy, convenient, and only costs around $2 USD each way. Don't miss this sandy gem!
The Royal Botanic Garden
Take a step back from Sydney's hustle and bustle and wander the remarkable grounds of The Royal Botanic Garden. Located on its own private peninsula, stretching out into Sydney Harbour, the garden has an impressive variety of flowers, plants, and wildlife. It also has some of the best views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Walk the grounds at your own pace, opt for a guided tour, or even ride the fun and informative Choo Choo Express.
Sydney Harbour Bridge is the largest steel arch bridge in the world. Delicately stretching over the glistening bay, this iconic landmark carries cars, pedestrians, cyclists, and even adventure seekers looking to experience the thrilling BridgeClimb. Views of this majestic masterpiece can be seen from all over Sydney Harbour, you can't miss it, and you definitely don't want to.
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
The MCA Australia houses some of the most exquisite pieces of contemporary art from all over Australia and the world. Depending on when you visit, you can view artwork by the famous Yayoi Kusama, Vernon Ah See, Ngamaru Bidu, or Pipilotti Rist (just to name a few). Be sure to take an hour or so out of your day to explore this incredible museum. It's an art-filled oasis in the middle of busy Sydney Harbour.
The Grounds of Alexandria
Built in an old pie factory, The Grounds of Alexandria is a beautiful eatery located in central Sydney. Voted as one of the best places to dine, the grounds consist of a cafe, garden, petting zoo, coffee roastery, bakery, and picture perfect dining area known as The Potting Shed. This place is so adorable and the food is fantastic. All of their food is organic and locally grown, and you can even purchase produce and flowers at one of their market stalls. Be sure to grab a meal at this lovely venue, or at least a cup of their specialty coffee.